Finals: Chas Hinkle vs. Travis Gibson
RUG Delver versus Maverick traditionally favors the green-white deck, but SCG ‘Purple’ Travis Gibson is undefeated on the day against the archetype. The reason? Grim Lavamancer. Will Travis be able to continue his winning trend or will Knight of the Reliquary reap its revenge?
Chas Hinkle can just about grab that trophy!
Travis led with Grim Lavamancer off of Volcanic Island. Chas only had Windswept Heath. Travis attacked with the red Wizard and then cast a pair of Delver of Secrets. Chas played Karakas and passed, a pretty slow Maverick draw. Travis did not blind flip the Delvers, and he attacked for two. Chas cast Scryb Ranger, which drew a Wasteland on Karakas and a Lavamancer activation on the 1/1 flier. Chas laid Savannah and passed. Travis once again did not flip, and attacked with three 1/1s. Forest from Chas and another pass.
Travis 1, Chas 0.
Travis Gibson wants the championship for himself!
Travis mulliganed his opener, but Chas’ opener was certainly keepable and led with Forest and Noble Hierarch. Travis led with Grim Lavamancer, his flagship card of the weekend. Another Noble Hierarch made the first a Kird Ape upon attacks and dropped Travis to 17. Travis Wastelanded the Savannah on chas’ side of the board and passed. Dryad Arbor from Chas and another attack from a 2/3. Travis cast lightning bolt on Noble Hierarch and Delver of Secrets. Chas attempted Engineered Explosives, which got countered by Force of Will. Travis dropped to 12 after an attack, and Chas Swords to Plowshares’d the Delver.
Travis used Lavamancer to pick off the Noble Hierarch left on Chas’ side and passed. Chas played Cavern of Souls naming Human. Nimble Mongoose joined the Grim Lavamancer, and it traded with Dryad Arbor on the next turn. Travis cast Ponder, which dug into Tarmogoyf. Mother of Runes from Chas was all he wrote on his next turn. The 5/6 Goyf got chumped by the Mother of Runes. The creature rumbled into Chas and dropped him to 12. Another Tarmogoyf joined Travis’ team, and even though Thalia and Mother of Runes joined the fight for Chas it was all for naught. Travis cast Submerge on both creatures, and with that Travis Gibson is your Washington, D.C. open champion!
Travis 2, Chas 0.